The fourth and final season of Attack On Titan, or Shingeki No Kyojin as it’s known in Japan, is easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year. The show has, somehow, managed to improve itself season after season. One of the things it has done incredibly well is to pay off huge mysteries in a satisfying way. Spoiler alert if you haven’t yet seen Attack On Titan up to the end of season 3.
Attack On Titan Season 3 Answered Some Of The Show’s Biggest Mysteries
We know so much more about the world of Attack On Titan thanks to some of the shocking reveals throughout season 3. Attack On Titan season 2 ended with the revelation that Eren can control the Titans somehow. Attack On Titan season 3 explains why, and goes well beyond that.
We also found out that the first three seasons of the show have been taking place on an isolated island, in a country named Eldia. All the Titans that we’ve seen so far have been agents from an enemy country, named Marley, which is located across the sea.
Attack On Titan Season 4 Is Going To Be All-Out War
The season also ended with Eren pointing across this sea and essentially declaring war on Marley. The season 4 trailer, as well as the key art for it, show this war being fought in full force. The key art, in particular, is an extremely clever call-back to the poster for Attack On Titan season 1.
This is all stuff that’s obvious, though. While Attack On Titan season 3 answered a lot of our questions, it also set up new mysteries. The biggest of these mysteries, by far, is how in the world does Eren Kruger know who Mikasa and Armin are?
Attack On Titan Season 3 Set Up New Mysteries For Season 4 To Answer
For those of you who don’t remember, here’s a quick refresher. As Eren is going the through his father’s memories, he recollects a conversation he had with a man named Eren Kruger. Kruger protects Eren’s dad, Grisha, from getting turned into a mindless Titan.
Instead, Kruger sacrifices himself to Grisha in order to pass on his powers of the Attack Titan. Before he does this, though, he mentions Mikasa and Armin. Now, we know who Mikasa and Armin are – they’re Eren’s friends.
Attack On Titan Season 4 May Fully Introduce Time Travel
However, when Kruger mentions them to Grisha, Eren is yet to be born. We also know that since Grisha sacrificed himself to Eren, Eren is now the Attack Titan. That’s why he’s able to go back through Grisha’s memories and recollect this conversation.
The only way you can interpret this scene is that Eren’s memories are somehow travelling back in time through the lineage of the Attack Titans. Attack On Titan has some hardcore fantasy elements, but time travel?!
I have absolutely no idea how Attack On Titan season 4 is going to explain this. However, the show has my complete faith. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.